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David “Mr. McFeely” Newell Still Delivering at Seton Hill TEDx

David Newell is one of the speakers at the TEDx talk at Seton Hill all day today. He recalled when his grandfather took him to see his first play, “Harvey,” and came full circle describing how he recently took his granddaughter to see her first play, The Sound of Music. He described the process of being interviewed by Fred Rogers, and one day taking Rogers to Eddie Murphy’s dressing room.…

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“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel’s Frozen ballad: It sends the wrong message.

This author is probably overthinking things, but I myself have been known to overthink musicals, so this is worth blogging. It turns out that Elsa is wrong — unleashing her powers in this particular manner brings disaster on the people she was trying to spare (though of course she also wants to flee their judgment, so her flight is not solely altruistic). I love thrilling to Elsa’s race up the…

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What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles

Beyond their music itself, their greatest strengths were clarity of image and the way they balanced. It’s a truism that no pop format is any good unless it can be expressed in one sentence, but the Beatles went beyond that, they could each be said in one word: Lennon was the brutal one, McCartney was the pretty one, Ringo Starr was the lovable one, Harrison was the balancer. And if…

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‘Hunger Games’ to digitally recreate Hoffman

filmmakers behind the “Hunger Games” movies will digitally recreate late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in a major yet-to-be-shot scene, sources from the flick said. Editors will use computer graphics and camera tricks — instead of rewriting the script — to film at least one heartfelt scene featuring Hoffman’s character, the gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee. “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the…

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Replaying Childhood: On Gifting my Video Games to the Library of Congress

Giving up my games ended up being a bit of an emotional experience. I think the emotion of that experience underscores why it matters for the Library to collect games. The box of games and systems had sat in our basement for the last five years, and my mother’s basement for a good while before that. The last time I sat down and played through most of these games was…